There may not have been any flying prices or record turnover at Kelso ram sales yesterday at Springwood Park but the day was marked by a good solid trade. Some 4,260 rams were traded at an average of £635.33, less than £1 below the 2012 figure but with 250 fewer rams sold.
Hunter Murray, general manager with Lawrie & Symington, one of the nine auction companies operating at the sale, declared himself satisfied with the trade his company had carried out. “We sold 1,398 rams at an average of £713, compared with an average of £682 last year. The trade was very good with a good demand at all levels.”
The bragging rights on a breed basis were shared, with theTexels having the most sheep sold but Blue Faced Leicesters enjoying a resurgence in interest for their ability to provide Cross and Mule ewes for the commercial lamb producer – and they had the top price – £8,000 – and the best breed average.
The growing interest in cross bred tups continued, with a number of four-figure sums being paid by commercial producers, especially for Beltex cross Texels.
The other feature of the sale was the increased commitment to performance figures, with several enthusiasts of estimated breeding values reaping a reward in the sale ring.